STEM projects have become a big part of our at home learning since the science curriculum in the elementary school has been pared down so much in recent years.
Dude 3 loves science, like LOVES it, and since they don’t do science daily (or even weekly) he is really not getting enough stimulus in that area at school.
It’s a hard pill to swallow, but it is also a reality we just have to face.
Fortunately, all hope is not lost!
As someone who has never been very much into science (I am a writer, you guys, I like to story tell!), finding things I can do with him at home has been somewhat of a challenge. Not because the resources aren’t out there, they totally are, just because my ability to motivate myself to actually getting it done is a little sketch.
During the holiday shopping season, however, I stumbled upon my answer: Tinker Crate.
Created by the makers of Kiwi Crate, this monthly subscription service provides hands-on science experiments for kids ages 9-16+.
Each box has the potential to create a variety of projects and, in our case, we usually tire of the topic before we even get through all of the exploration opportunities available. They can be done together as a family activity if you wish, but truly most of the things are simple enough that a 9 year old could do them independently.
They only cost $19.95/month and come with all of the tools and ingredients needed to get to work immediately.
You can select from one of the various shipping options to fit your budget and interest. We purchased a 3-month subscription and are definite planning to renew!
This month was extra exciting because SLIME!
I don’t know what your house is like, but at my house YouTube is watched more than TV. Currently at the top of their “things to watch list?” People making and playing with slime.
Dude 3 has asked me many times to search up “how to make slime”. I never did, and now I don’t have to!
Naturally, when the last Tinker Crate box showed up, Dude 3 was next level excited to get science-ing!
You can watch us make our first project below and the instructions are there too so you can make your own with us!
How to Make Slime at Home: A DIY Tutorial
Check out Tinker Crate for more info about what they have coming in future boxes!